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Madonna News - March 2010

Sticky & Sweet Tour – The Independent Review

This CD/DVD package drawn from Madonna’s 2008 tour makes for an instructive comparison with last week’s White Stripes release – a similarly-formatted package, but otherwise as far removed from this experience as their Canadian locations are from the Argentina show documented here.

This is entertainment as rally, a spectacle which presumes that if you pack in enough dancers, props and videos, it would be downright rude for the audience to remain unentertained. But “Vogue 2008” reveals the deception: for all the multitude of crotches (literally) spread about the stage, this is as unenticing as pop gets, utterly lifeless despite the fervent activity. For the first hour, the show relies heavily on Madonna’s crotch, which she thrusts and strokes assiduously, as if she had only just discovered it. The saving grace of the two-hour performance comes when she’s joined by the beardy, fiddling geezers of the Romany folk group The Kolpakov Trio, for a sequence incorporating “La Isla Bonita” and Lloyd-Webber’s “You Must Love Me” and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” – the latter unaccountably omitted from the CD, but lapped up by the Buenos Aires crowd. For a few minutes, it’s as if real life had intruded upon her fantasy world – even though the rustic presentation is just as much artifice as all the other set-pieces.

Download this: La Isla Bonita 2008; Like A Prayer 2008

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Jason Derulo to Work With Madonna!

Jason Derulo, who is no stranger now to storming the charts and working with powerhouse pop divas, is about to work with another legendary artist who is certainly familiar with the Top 10.

The rising R&B star, 21, just saw his first two singles off of his self-titled debut album hit the Billboard charts, has toured with fan Lady Gaga and this week nabbed the top spot in the Us Weekly Buzzometer. So what’s next? He’s on his way into the studio to work with Madonna! Derulo told our own Zach Johnson all about it plus other future plans (including his love life!) when he gave Us a ring the other day. Read on for more from Jason!

Us: Are there any other artists you’d like to tour with or maybe collaborate with musically?

JD: Yeah. I’m about to work with Madonna, and I’ve been watching her for years. I would love to be a part of another reinvention. She’s been able to reinvent herself time and time again. I’ll probably be part of that.

US Magazine

Rumor: Madonna moving back to London?

from The Sun:

Madonna is moving back to London after rekindling her love for Britain.

It’s less than a year since her Madgesty stuffed her leotards and conical bras in a bag and returned to New York while in a strop about her marriage to Guy Ritchie going pear-shaped.

But she has rediscovered her passion for all things British while preparing to direct her new film W.E. all about the 1930s tale of Edward VIII abdicating the throne to marry his forbidden lover, American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

And that means Madge is on her way to take her throne in Marylebone for a six-month spell this summer.

A source said: “The Big Apple hasn’t gone sour. M has just rediscovered her interest in Britain.

“She still owns her place in Marylebone and will be moving back there.”

“She’s going to be filming her new movie about Wallis Simpson in London so it made sense for her to move back.”

She has surrounded herself in the history of the great Royal scandal and that has played a part in stoking her love of all things British once again.

Ewan McGregor to play Edward VIII in Madonna’s W.E.

Ewan McGregor has joined the cast of Madonna’s upcoming project W.E. to play Edward VIII.

McGregor, currently starring in Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, will portray the British Monarch who famously abdicated the throne in 1936 order to marry America divorcee Wallis Simpson.

As previously announced Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga will portray Simpson. Abbie Cornish, most recently seen in Bright Star, will play a contemporary character in a parallel time line reminiscent of Julie & Julia.

Shakespeare In Love producer David Parfitt is producing with former Miramax executive Colin Vaines. Madonna will direct and is writing the screenplay with Alec Keshishian.

CAA is holds domestic rights and IM Global is handling international sales.

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Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna

from Amazon:
Release date: April 13, 2010
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Sony

Tracks:
1. Express Yourself
2. Borderline/Open Your Heart
3. Vogue
4. Like A Virgin
5. 4 Minutes
6. What It Feels Like For A Girl
7. Like A Prayer

Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna